Freddie Mercury's posters of Jimi Hendrix to go on display in London
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Three large Jimi Hendrix posters which belonged to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury will go on display this week in central London.
The framed images can be viewed by the public from Wednesday (February 7) at Handel Hendrix House in Mayfair.
The three posters were acquired at the Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own exhibition and auction at Sotheby's last year.
Mercury collected posters of Hendrix and once described his admiration of the guitarist to an interviewer: "Jimi Hendrix was just a beautiful man, a master showman and a dedicated musician.
"I would scour the country to see him, whenever he played, because he really had everything any rock'n'roll star should have; all the style and presence.
"He didn't have to force anything. He'd just make an entrance and the whole place would be on fire. He was living out everything I wanted to be… There's no way you can compare him to anyone and there's nobody who can take his place.” (Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words)
Claire Davies, deputy director at Handel Hendrix House, said: “In the museum, we have a section devoted to 'Your Experience' ie: what Hendrix meant and still means to people. These posters, that all measure over 1m high, were owned - and obviously cherished - by Freddie Mercury and we are delighted to have been able to acquire them for this area of the museum.”
She added: “Many big names in rock music identify Jimi Hendrix as an inspiration, a leader, a role model, an icon. His legacy is huge. Musicians including Michael Kiwanuka, Matt Bellamy of Muse, John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Slash, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Page and Keith Richards attribute much of their style and success to the legendary rockstar.”
Handel Hendrix House is a museum comprising the restored former homes of composer GF Handel and guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.
The house is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm (last entry is 4pm).
Tickets are £14 for adults, £10 for students and free for the under 16s. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the museum's website but it is possible to buy a ticket on the day at the museum.